#ELTchat Summary for September 23, 2015


Most of the Twitter chats I participate in are hosted in North America and I have a few I try to catch regularly. #ELTchat is UK-based and it took a long summer hiatus; consequently, I missed the first week. I came across the #ELTchat by chance yesterday because of @juliacphang’s #ELTchat comments appearing in my news feed. The chat time alternates between morning and mid-afternoon, my time; therefore, I was able to catch most of the chat during breakfast.

#ELTchat differs from most chats I participate in, since there are no questions posted in advance for discussion. The topic for each chat is chosen from submissions by popular vote. You can view the open forum for topics here on Saturdays and the topic is selected by followers on Sundays. Chats take place on Wednesdays, alternating each week between 12:00 and 21:00 BST, or 7:00 and 16:00 EST.

Yesterday’s topic piqued my interest: Using Online Resources for Listening and Speaking in the Classroom, moderated by @Marisa_C, @angelos_bollas, and @Shaunwilden. The resources mentioned included:



Details Comments/Suggestions for Use
http://www.TED.com Recorded global conferences

“Ideas Worth Spreading”

Used over the summer; a little dry @angelo_cullos

Good, but might be a bit long for class @Marisa_C

Likes it as a resource @EmmaSegev

Choosing talks based on students’ interests @juliacphang

https://tinytexts.wordpress.com/ Read, listen, and learn in English Likes it because it’s small, although there haven’t been new additions recently @cioccas
Game-based learning tool Likes to use it with class @DARLnamic


Today Programme Enjoys the short clips @JennyLewin-Jones

Has used BBC Radio clips as well @juliacphang

http://www.esl-lab.com/ Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab Lessons for class or self access @Marisa_C
http://film-english.com/ Lessons designed around short films Good length and good for discussion @HanaHainsworth

@cioccas, @angelos_bollas agreed

Podcasts on iTunes Various “Obsessed” with podcasts @Shaunwilden

Uses as content for distance ss @patrickelt

http://vocaroo.com/ Online voice recorder Ss record written work as listening source for others @angelos_bollas, @Marisa_C
http://audacityteam.org/ Open source, recording software Recording podcasts @patrickelt
http://www.podbean.com/ Podcast hosting Free publishing @patrickelt
http://lyricstraining.com/ Learning English through music videos and songs Great for listening to and writing down lyrics; multi-levels @Marisa_C; @GlenysHanson
http://www.soundcloud.com Podcast-creating audio platform Suggested by @ambartosik to record podcasts and as an alternative to vocaroo, which isn’t available for mobile phones

@cioccas agreed

https://voicethread.com/ Gathering place for digital conversations Good for speaking/listening; can play truth or lie; links to Action Research  @cioccas
http://www.rrrrather.com/ Conversation starter with difficult choices Promoting discussion with older students @EmmeSegev
http://flipquiz.me/ Templates for make-your-own gameboards Competitive games in class, vocabulary practice @DARLnamic
http://www.voxopop.com/ Voice-based e-learning tool; message board for the spoken word Generate online stories; good for analysis and peer review as well @Marisa_C
http://www.elllo.org Conversations in different accents of English Good for unscripted interviews @GlenysHanson

Different accents of English @ambartosik

https://storycorps.org/ People’s real stories Good for encouraging discussion @EmmaSegev
http://www.eltideas.com Lesson plans for listening activities First day with a new class @cioccas


Videos for different English learning Good for self-assessed pronunciation, too @iatefl_ltsig
http://www.twitter.com Does it need an explanation?? Can use for “speaking” where Internet is limited @angelos_bollas

Has many things in common with speaking, like informality @patrickelt

http://secondlife.com/ 3D virtual world Place for conversations <tongue in cheek> @Marisa_C

Uses too much bandwith, unfortunately @cbsiskin



Still photos of New York residents Images for discussion @EmmaSegev
Google Hangouts or Skype Connect with another teacher for a Mystery Skype @ambartosik

Use for guest speakers @Marisa_C



Word learning game Uses it in the classroom @DARLnamic

(an aside: @Marisa_C said that this was a slow chat. I can’t imagine collating all the suggestions in a busier chat; look at this list!)

These blogs were also mentioned in the chat:

“Would you Rather” activity shared by @EmmaSegev

Teaching Students Persuasive Techniques shared by @patrickelt (connected to TED talks)

VoiceThread for Students shared by @cioccas

And this link to a podcast blog, thanks to @iatefl_ltsig and @cioccas

Here is a link to my Storify of the chat so that you can follow the conversation thread as it unfolded.

I consider myself knowledgeable about online resources and edtech, but there are a few suggestions in the table above that I have not tried before. My mind is buzzing with ideas and possibilities. I definitely need to go update my Live Binders with some of these great online tools and apps for listening and speaking. I’m especially interested in Voxopop – students don’t have many opportunities for practicing speaking online, and this one gives students authentic spaces in which to practice. Putting it on the must-try list immediately.

Thanks to everyone who shared their suggestions and for participating in the chat. @juliacphang, I wouldn’t have written this summary had it not been for you.



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